As you get more comfortable working the cow, Cody instructs you to use your feet to keep your horse straight, and to finish your turns. Don't let your horse push into the cow, and keep them between your hands.
Cody talks about when it's okay to quit your cow and back off, and when you will lose points for quitting. When a cow is not engaging with you, you can quit and choose another. Be careful not to hot quit a cow when it is engaging with you.
Once you've selected a cow to cut, keep a straight line across the pen and keep it from returning to the herd. Keep pace with the cow by staying in line with his eye, and hold your straight line across the pen.